Monday, April 6, 2009

Day 4: Justice Information System Tax

(Madison)…State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield), as part of his April tax Awareness campaign to raise the profile of Governor Doyle’s and the Democrat’s tax and spend proposals, today focused on the increases on court-related fees in the 2009-2011 biennial budget.

“Make no mistake: fee increases are tax increases. Regardless of what you call them, Governor Doyle wants you to send more of your own money to state government,” said Kanavas. “If you have an issue before Wisconsin courts, chances are the Democrats’ budget will tax you more than ever for it.”

The 2009-2001 budget proposal would raise the Justice Information System Surcharge, already a $12.00 assessment (on top of filing fees), to $18.00 per action. Wisconsinites exercising their constitutional right to petition our legal system would be hit with a projected $3 million in new taxes under the Democrat-proposed budget.

“You would think that paying the high income taxes we have in Wisconsin would keep the doors to our courthouses open. The trick is, Governor Doyle wants to tax you again if you walk through those doors,” said Kanavas. “Add this court tax to the long list of injustices in this budget.”

This release is part of Senator Kanavas’ April Tax Awareness Campaign designed to educate Wisconsinites about the $1.7 billion of in new taxes and fees contained in the Democrat’s 2009-2011 budget.

To learn more about Senator Kanavas’ April tax awareness campaign, Senator Kanavas’ initiatives and the 33rd Senate District please visit his website at:


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